The Lakenheath Lancers opened a four-game, three-opponent Division I swing this weekend with a pair of convincing wins over the SHAPE Spartans.
The homestanding Lancers knocked down the Spartans early on each occasion, building a 15-2 lead through eight minutes Friday and an 8-0 lead at the same juncture Saturday. Lakenheath's stingy defense allowed SHAPE more than six points in a quarter just once over the two games.
Lili Estus led the way offensively for the Lancers with 15 points on Friday and 13 on Saturday. Adrianna Ruffin totaled 17 points and 12 rebounds on the weekend.
The games represented the Lancers' first Division I victories of the season after falling to Wiesbaden prior to the holiday break. The chance for more awaits next weekend, however, as Lakenheath makes the trip to Germany for a Friday-night tilt with Kaiserslautern followed by a Saturday visit to Ramstein.
Black Forest Academy 41/40, Hohenfels 31/15: The defending Division II European champions knocked off a divisional rival in consecutive double-digit wins.
Senior forward Emily Campbell scored 16 points in each game for the Falcons, who improve to 4-0 on the season. Freshman Katie Greathouse added a combined 14 points and 14 rebounds on the weekend.
Shelby Atkinson led the charge for the Tigers with a 13-point, 10-rebounds double-double on Friday and six points and 10 rebounds Saturday.
The games were the first regular-season DODDS-Europe games for BFA in over a month; the Falcons opened their season with a Dec. 5-6 sweep of Division I Patch. They'll face an even tougher Division I opponent next weekend as they host undefeated reigning European champion Wiesbaden.
Wiesbaden 40, Patch 18: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the Warriors completed an emphatic sweep of the team they beat for last year's Division I title.
Rebecca Russell scored 12 points and Cierra Martin totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals as the Warriors nearly duplicated the 40-16 whipping they handed Patch on Friday night. Catherine Klein added nine points, 10 rebounds and seven steals for unbeaten Wiesbaden. Treshon Jenkins scored 12 points for Patch.
Ramstein 53/51, Vilseck 19/12: At Vilseck, the Royals grounded the host Falcons.
Ramstein rushed out to early double-digit leads in both games, scoring a combined 33 points over the two first quarters. The Royals held Vilseck to seven points or fewer in each quarter.
Rezana Todman led the Royals on Friday with 12 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Amethyst Rorie stepped into a central role Saturday with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Alconbury 36/31, Brussels 14/22: At Alconbury, the host Dragons picked up their first wins of the season while dismantling the reigning Division III champions.
The Dragons' Jada Griffin-Howard posted a combined 18 points and 14 rebounds over the two wins, while the Alconbury defense held the Brigand offense to single-digit point totals in all eight quarters.
Alconbury is a new contender and emerging frontrunner for the small-school crown after returning to the level in this fall's realignment. They'll host another Division III foe, Baumholder, next Friday and Saturday.